MERIAN, Matthaeus (1593-1650, engraver and publisher) - [Martin ZEILLER]
Frankfurt: Matthaeus Merian, [no date but c.1700]. Engraved title-page, 50 engraved plates, town plans or maps by Matthaeus Merian, and others (34 folding). (Title with 3/4 inch piece torn from outer blank margin).
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Topographia Archiepiscopatum Moguntinensis, Treuirensis, et Coloniensis. Frankfurt am Main: Matthaeus Merian, 1646 [but c.1700]. Engraved title-page and 44 plates (13 folding, 11 double-page) by Matthaeus Merian.
2 works in one volume, folio (12 x 8 inches). Contemporary brown sheep, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, light brown morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, repeat gilt tooling in the remaining compartments, red-stained edges
Two fine works by Merian, in a single volume.
Swiss born engraver and publisher Matthaeus Merian is best known for his 21 volume series with German geographer Martin Zeiler, collectively known as Topographia Germaniae. This volume collects two titles from this early travel series and features many of the fine engraved views and maps for which the work is so highly regarded.
The second work (which is actually bound first in this example) includes maps, plans and views of Trier (on the Moselle river and the oldest large city in Germany), Mainz (the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate) and Cologne, all on the Rhine, and the surrounding area. The second work is on the region of Westphalia and is centred on the cities of Bielefeld, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, and Osnabrück.
C. Schuchhard Die Zeiller-Merianschen Topographien 50.B and 38.D.